Oct. 4, 2013
Game Notes in PDF
NORTHERN ILLINOIS (3-6-0) at WEST VIRGINIA (3-5-1)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
Time: 5 p.m. CT (6 p.m. ET)
Location: Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium Morgantown, W. Va.
Live Video: WVUSports.com
Live Stats: WVUSports.com
The Northern Illinois men’s soccer team returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 5, as the Huskies travel to Morgantown, W. Va., for their Mid-American Conference opener against West Virginia. The Mountaineers are in their second season as an affiliate member of the MAC for men’s soccer and NIU is making its first trip to Morgantown.
About West Virginia
West Virginia enters Saturday’s contest with a 3-5-1 record, 2-3-1 at home in Morgantown. The Mountaineers opened conference play last weekend, falling at home to Akron, 1-0. Andy Bevin and Majed Osman lead the way offensively for West Virginia, both having tallied four goals and two assists this season. Lee Johnston has played seven of the nine matches in goal for the Mountaineers, posting a 1.50 goals against average and a .727 save percentage.
Coach Luzzi on the Mountaineers
“Obviously we are beginning MAC play this weekend. West Virginia is a team that I was happy to add to our conference a couple years ago because I thought they help raise the profile of our conference because they are perennially a very good team, and this year is no different. West Virginia is a well-coached and well-supported team. We know that we are playing a top quality opponent this weekend, and it’s going to be a very good challenge for our young team. I have been pleased with the progress that we have made as a group over the last 10 days, and I think our guys are excited to get our conference season started this weekend. The quality of our conference is as good as it’s ever been this season, and we have to recognize that every game will be a battle. Certainly this first game will be no different and it should be a great college soccer game.”
After opening the season with with nine non-conference games, Saturday’s match at West Virginia will be the conference opener for the Huskies. In four previous league openers under Eric Luzzi, NIU is 1-3, with the lone victory coming last season in a 2-0 win over Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton. New to the MAC last season, this weekend will mark NIU’s first trip to West Virginia. Below is a list of the previous league openers during Luzzi’s tenure.
2009: L, 2-1 at Hartwick
2010: L, 1-0 vs. Hartwick
2011: L, 2-1 (2ot) v. Buffalo
2012: W, 2-0 at Florida Atlantic
Glaeser Posts Career High
Goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser registered a career-best 11 saves last weekend in a 2-0 defeat at Michigan State. Glaeser, who has started the last six games in goal for the Huskies, bettered his previous high of six, set in a 1-0 overtime loss to Saint Louis. Glaeser currently ranks third in the MAC in goals against average (1.12), save percentage (.789) and saves (30).
On the Road Again
NIU’s trip to West Virginia is the second game of a four-game road trip which won’t return the Huskies to DeKalb until Oct. 22. Following the contest at West Virginia, the Huskies will travel to Northwestern (Oct. 9) and Bowling Green (Oct. 12). Including two neutral site games in Evanston, Ill., prior to the road trip, NIU is in the midst of a season-long six-game stretch away from home.
Huskies Tabbed Third in MAC Preseason Poll
Northern Illinois was picked to finish third in the MAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Akron was selected as the favorite in the conference, followed by 2) West Virginia, 3) NIU, 4) Bowling Green, 5) Buffalo, 6) Western Michigan and 7) Hartwick.
Northern Illinois will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 9, as the Huskies travel to Evanston to face fifth-ranked Northwestern. Game time against the Wildcats is scheduled for 6 p.m.